First things first: don’t register for this until after January 31st, because otherwise, you’ll have to deal with a free Microsoft Surface RT, and you know how I feel about those.

Now, about the conference – this new conference covers SQL Server, Visual Studio, ASP.NET, HTML5, mobile, and Windows Azure.  It’s great for developers because they need to work with (and sometimes manage!) SQL Server, but they don’t really want to go to a 100% SQL Server conference.  This one show covers both development and databases.  It’s at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 8-12, 2013.

I’m especially excited because for the first time in history, the conference has track MCs.  MCs, y’all, with real working microphones, and you’re looking at MC BrentO.  I’ll be stationed in the HA/DR room throughout the conference, carrying a microphone around.  I’ll facilitate Q&A for the speakers, plus take your questions and run small mini-sessions during breaks.  Costumes?  We can neither confirm nor deny that there will be costumes.

But enough about fun – let’s talk about learning:

This Year’s SQL Server Setup Best Practices
All-Day Workshop with Brent Ozar, $449

You don’t build a lot of SQL Servers, but this year, you need to build one for your company – and it’d better work. You need it to be reliable and fast the very first time. Unfortunately, everything keeps changing, and yesterday’s best practices don’t cover solid state drives, FusionIO, AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and clusters without shared storage. In this all-day session, Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar will bring you up to speed. He’ll teach you how to pick storage, when it’s okay to use virtual servers, how to turn business requirements into clustering/mirroring/AlwaysOn/log-shipping, and where to put your data files, log files, and TempDB. This session is for developers and DBAs who need to pick SQL Server hardware and aren’t sure about the options today.

Scale Up or Scale Out: When NOLOCK Isn’t Enough
All-Day Workshop with Brent Ozar, Jeremiah Peschka, and Kendra Little, $449

Partitioning, replication, caching, sharding, AlwaysOn Availability Groups, Enterprise Edition, bigger boxes, or good old NOLOCK? You need to handle more data and deliver faster queries, but the options are confusing. In this full-day workshop, Brent, Kendra, and Jeremiah will share the techniques they use to speed up SQL Server environments both by scaling up and scaling out. We’ll share what features might save you hundreds of development hours, what features have been a struggle to implement, and how you can tell the difference. This workshop is for developers and DBAs who need to plan long term changes to their environment.

BOTH WORKSHOPS, the Whole Conference,

If you register by January 31st, you can get BOTH our Monday pre-conference workshop and our Friday post-conference workshop, plus get three days of great sessions in between.  You can pay with credit card, company purchase order, or check.  Register now.

But then you’ll have to deal with a Surface RT.  Maybe you should wait until February 1st, just to be safe.

Brent Ozar
I make Microsoft SQL Server faster and more reliable. I love teaching, travel, and laughing.

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  1. I just saw that page O.o; I hope the nightmare is over. Soon I hope to start sneaking off to these conferences and workshops. Hope all is well!

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